Dr. Ross Company float swerves towards spectators at the Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, 1939
- Dr. Ross Company float swerves towards spectators at the Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, 1939
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- January 2, 1939
- Los Angeles Times
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- Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection
When descending a hill on Colorado Boulevard, Dr. Ross Company’s float sped down due to failed brakes. As it gathered momentum, the driver swerved around Eagle Rock’s entry titled "The Wizard of Oz." The crowd eventually caught the runaway float and slowed it down. Several people were injured from where the ponies guiding the float went into the crowd.
The 1939 Tournament of Roses theme was Golden Jubilee to mark the 50th anniversary of the parade. Shirley Temple served as Grand Marshal.
A similar photograph taken on the same occasion appears with the article, “Five Hurt as failing Float Brakes Frighten Pony Team,” Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan 1939: 2
Dr. Ross Company’s float swerves around the Eagle Rock entry when failed brakes send the frightened ponies scampering.
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- b&w nitrate negative
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